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Abu Bakr Shawky ’10
Political Science

Abu Bakr Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian writer and director whose globally renowned film Yomeddine was selected to participate in the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and compete for the Palme d’Or. The film also received the Francois Chalais Award and was Egypt’s official submission for the 91st Academy Awards. Shawky is known for his work on Things I heard on Wednesdays (2012) and The Looming Tower (2018). Recently, Shawky won Variety’s MENA Talent of the Year Award at El-Gouna Film Festival. In 2018, he was listed by Forbes Middle East among the Top Five Arab Directors on the Global Stage.